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Review: Mood Indigo

French director Michel Gondry has had quite an unusual filmography, ranging from the beloved Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind to the poorly received superhero flick The Green Hornet. He began his film career in 1989, directing a now-obscure French short, then got his big break directing music videos for the Icelandic singer Bjork. Mood Indigo is his latest picture, and it is making waves with audiences worldwide.

Romain Duris and Audrey Tautou star in this peculiar flick about a woman stricken with a strange illness caused by a flower developing in her lungs.

This modern French fantasy is filled to the brim with surreal imagery that captures the mind and captivates the heart. It has a dream-like atmosphere which shows that even in suffering there is tremendous beauty. Too often we hear that there are no new ideas in21st-century cinema; however, Mood Indigo proves the pessimists wrong. This is an inspired film that not only demonstrates that cinema has no boundaries, but that the imagination is limitless as well. Gondry has created a truly breathtaking experience.

The cinematography is astounding, giving us triumphant images that make this picture feel like a unique experience. Both main actors, Romain Duris (Heartbreaker) and Audrey Tautou (Amelie) are at the top of their game when it comes to their remarkable acting. The score really sells the dreamy nature of the picture; it is subtle but inspires creativity. I was also impressed by the dialogue and overall screenplay Gondry presents; every line feels natural and not forced, which greatly intrigues the audience.

Mood Indigo is a profound movie, based on a pretty great book. Gondry’s film is closest in visual style with the pictures made by British director Terry Gilliam (Brazil). So if you enjoy Gilliam’s flicks, then you will definitely enjoy this one. 



Check out more of Michael’s reviews at, and catch a screening of Mood Indigo at Cinematheque (100 Arthur Street) on Thursday, Jan. 9 at 9 p.m.).